SEP 25, 2018: US President Donald Trump today spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York and mentioned good places according to him being: India, Saudi Arabia and Poland. Not Good places according to Trump were: Iran, friends of Iran, Nicaragua, Germany, China, OPEC countries, Syria, countries that don’t respect America.
Places Trump did not name or speak about was Russia.
Trump attacked the Iranian leadership, accusing it of sowing “chaos, death and destruction” across the Middle East and said the Iranian leaders “want to meet,” but he’s not meeting with them until they “change their tune.”
President Hassan Rouhani in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour said they’ve never asked for a meeting with President Trump. “You should ask him who made such requests,” Rouhani told Amanpour.
President Trump just said that Iranian leaders “want to meet,” but he’s not meeting with them until they “change their tune.” President @HassanRouhani just told me they’ve never asked for a meeting with @POTUS: “You should ask him who made such requests.” pic.twitter.com/CPwXuu89sV
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) September 25, 2018
Trump later tweeted: “Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!”
Trump in his speech invoked his America First mantra saying, “America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism and embrace the doctrine of patriotism around the world”. Followed by veiled warning to Russia, Trump said, “We reject the interference of foreign nations in our own hemisphere and in our own affairs”.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he defended his decision to abandon the nuclear deal with Iran.
The deal negotiated during the presidency of Barack Obama had seen Iran limit its defense related nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
Speaking to Lester Holt, news anchor for the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC, Rouhani said he won’t rule out blocking the Strait of Hormuz after the US moves to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero – “it will certainly see the appropriate response.” This is where oil flows from the Gulf.
Mr Trump also boasted that his administration had accomplished “more than almost any” other in US history.
His words were greeted with laughter but he laughed back, saying: “Didn’t expect that reaction.”
The United States was stronger, richer and safer, he insisted.
He also defended his administration’s nurturing of better ties with North Korea and its hard line on trade with China.
He accused China of widespread product dumping and the theft of intellectual property, all of which, he argued, had led to the massive US debt. He said his administration would not tolerate any further abuses on world trade.
He accused the oil-producing cartel Opec of “ripping off” the world while many of its member countries relied on American military support.
The US leader said his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June had led to developments unimaginable only a few months ago.
He said North Korean missiles and rockets had stopped flying in all directions, and North Korean nuclear testing had ceased.
“With support from many countries here today we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace,” he said.